The Swarm: Decreasing Gratuitous Mobile Interaction by Increasing Digital Content

Satchell, Christine (2007) The Swarm: Decreasing Gratuitous Mobile Interaction by Increasing Digital Content. The Telecommunications Journal of Australia.

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A series of internationally patent protected mobile phone prototypes called The Swarm have been developed in response to the user needs identified in a three-year empirical study of young people’s use of mobile phones. The prototypes take cues from user led innovation and provide multiple avatars that allow individuals to define and manage their own virtual identity. This paper briefly maps the evolution of the prototypes and then describes how the pre-defined, color coded avatars in the latest version are being given greater context and personalization through the use of digital images. This not only gives serendipity a nudge by allowing groups to come together more easily, it provides contextual information that can reduce gratuitous contact.

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ID Code: 12597
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Mobile phones, digital images, virtual presence
ISSN: 1835-4270
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Computer-Human Interaction (080602)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Monash University ePress
Deposited On: 21 Feb 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:56

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